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Winning through
inanity
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Ninety-three Years of Editorial Freedom

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WVol. XCIII, No. 42

Copyright 1982, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, October 27, 1982

Ten Cents

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Ten Pages

Net earnings
down, deficit
highest ever

UAW

votes
strike

not

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Chrysler

From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - The government's
*neasure of September consumer prices
rose by 0.2 percent, the smallest
amount since last spring, but the Labor
Department also reported yesterday
that Americans' earnings, after ad-
justing for inflation, continued to fall
last month.
The Treasury Department also
reported that the federal deficit for
fiscal 1982 reached a record $110.7
billion, swollen by the recession that cut
tax revenues and increased welfare
costs.
THE, REPORT on the government's
money year ending Sept. 30 showed the
most red ink ever, far beyond last
year's $57.9 billion and the previous
high of $66 billion set by the Ford ad-
ministration in 1976.
Stock prices, meanwhile, stabilized
after tumbling the day before.

Trading was heavy and extremely
volatile, as the Dow Jones average of 30
industrial stocks swung from a loss of
more than 11 points two hours before
the close to finish with a gain of 10.94
points to againbreak through the 1,000
mark at 1,006.07.
Elsewhere in the financial markets,
interest rates fell moderately and bond
prices rose.
SEPTEMBER'S Consumer Price In-
dex was slowed by price declines for
houses, mortgages, gasoline,, tires, and
many other goods and services.
So far this year inflation has fallen to
a 4.8 percent annual rate, matching
1976.
The combination of the September in-
flation rate and a decrease in hourly
earnings pushed spending power - real
earnings - down 0.3 percent for the mon-
th. Compared to a year ago real ear-
nings were down 0.9 percent, the labor
See DEFICIT, Page 2

From AP and UPI
DETROIT- United Auto Workers
members bypassed a potentially
devastatingstrike at Chrysler Corp.,
voting instead to remain on the job until
January when contract talks will
resume, the union announced last night.
Tallies of day-long- voting at 54
Chrysler locals across the country
showed workers voted, by a 70-percent
margin, in favor of remaining under
their current contract.
THE OUTCOME means the present
pact will be continued until after the
first of the year, when bargainers will
return to Chrysler in hopes of gaining
pay raises the company said it could not
afford now. If workers had voted to go
on strike, the walkout was scheduled
for Monday.
UAW President Douglas Fraser, in
an evening news conference, said he
was confident the UAW could obtain a
better contract for workers this winter
than the original agreement, which was
rejected Oct. 14 after two weeks of
ratification voting.
"I think we can still do better in
January than we did in September,"
said the union leader.
FRASER SAID he did not think the
decision to stay on the job would
weaken the union's influence.

"We have the ability to strike and the
wherewhithall to strike," he said,
"They know we can shut Chrysler Corp.
down."
Chrysler workers now make about $2
less than the $11.50 per hour earned by
their counterparts at General Motors
Corp. and Ford Motor Co. as a result of
three sets of concessions made in the
last three years to help the company
avoid bankruptcy.
FRASER SAID the inequity cannot
continue.
"It's my strong feeling that after
going through all this, we can't continue
this way," the UAW leader said.
"Chrysler workers have got to get a
greater measure of equity.
"You can't have a situation where
one group of workers earn $2.50 less
than another group at another com-
pany."
CHRYSLER officials has said a
strike could severely cripple the com-
pany, which was just beginning to
strengthen its finances after a close call
with bankruptcy.
Analysts say the automaker could
have withstood a walkout of one or two
weeks, but that a longer strike would
have caused serious damage-$45
million to $65 million a week.
See UAW, Page 2

.Proposal B splits
troopers, supervisors

Daily Photo by MARY CASSARD,
Ooh, that's scary!
The Michigan Theatre finally has its own 'Phantom of the Opera,' so beware,
theatre-lovers! He may swoop down upon you at the next show.

By KERRY JOHNSON
With wire reports
A controversial proposal on the Nov-
ember ballot that would guarantee a
minimum number of state police
troopers has aroused considerable op-
position, including some disparaging
remarks from top state police officials
themselves.

the state police department, say they
don't buy that argument. They charge
that the constitutional amendment
would tie their hands in managing the
department.
Critics have charged that the
proposal in effect would set up the
department as an autonomous branch
of the state government, preventing the
legislature or the governor from
reorganizing or cutting the depar-
tment's budget.
"A POLICE body with constitutional
authority is unheard of in this country,"
said Gus Harrison, former state lottery
director and head of a coalition of
groups opposing the initiative.
"salaries and positions shouldn't be
mandated in the Constitution."
The MSPTA, however, plays down
the effect the measure might have on
department policy-making. The depar-
tment would still answer to the gover-
nor and the legislature, according to
Eric Humphrey, an Ypsilanti state
trooper and MSPTA member. "They
would direct any hiring, firing, or
discipline," he said.
Nevertheless, the provision would not
allow the number of state troopers to dip
below the level the union wants and ap-
pears to allow department officials to
deploy officers as they see fit. Fred
Headen, spokesman for the Citizens
Research Council (CRC), said adoption
of the proposal would force the state to
hire an additional 113 troopers and cost
the state nearly $3.5 million.

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400 pack Ed., school

hearing

Proposal B, if adopted by state
voters, would write into the Michigan
Constitution a provision requiring the
state to maintain at least 2,257 officers,
the number of state troopers in 1980.
The proposal would also dictate the
duties of the troopers.
THE PLAN was initiated by the
*troopers' union, the Michigan State
Police Troopers Association (MSPTA),
as a way to prevent possible future
layoffs. The troopers' union contends
that the measure is necessary to main-
tain effective law enforcement even
during fiscal hard times.
But state officials, including Gov.
William Milliken and the directors of

By GEORGE ADAMS
Close to 400 people packed a Rackham
conference room last night to defend
the University's School of Education in
the first organized response to the ad-
ministration's review of the school for
possible elimination.
Twenty-two speakers from around
the state, including legislators,
educators, students, and professors
praised the school and urged the panel
reviewing the school to spare it from
drastic cutbacks or closure.
IT WAS THE first significant show of
support for the school, which unlike the
art and natural resources schools, had
not planned an organized public defen-
se.
The public hearing last night focused
on the school's graduate studies
programs.
Prof. Fred Whims, assistant dean of
the College of Agriculture at Michigan
State University and former education
advisor to Gov. William Milliken said
the school's role in Michigan's
education system is "of very high

cellence in (the study) of education.
That center belongs here, at the
University of Michigan," he said.
ALSO FROM Lansing, state Sen.
Robert Geake (R-14th District),
University education graduate and
chairman of the Senate Sub-committee
on Higher Education, said research in
education must be given high priority
at state universities, even during times
of economic distress.
"I'm here with the twin perspective
of feeling responsible for universities in
the state, and feeling a little guilty for
causing some of the problems that
necessitated this review," he said,
referring to shrinking state revenues to
the University.
Geake said that "even in times of
declining numbers of school-age
children, the state must retain a com-
mitment to the study of education."
HE SAID HE sympathized with the
University in its budget crunch, saying
"the University, like the government
bureaucracy, has grown over the years
and can no longer support itself."
See 400, Page 3

Daily Photo by WENDY GOULD
Sen. Robert Geake (R-14th), spoke out in support of the School of Education
at the school's public hearing last night.

value.
"The state needs a

center of ex-

1Vlore students
choosing a
university
' for cost,
not quality

By PAMELA MAHONEY
More of today's high school students are picking
colleges and universities on the basis of cost, rather
than quality or prestige, according to college ad-
missions officers across the state.
Students who had planned to attend more com-
petitive - and more expensive - state colleges and
universities are instead settling for institutions which
are cheaper and closer to home, said James Duplass,
provost at Wayne State"University.
MICHIGAN high school students are "shopping
around" for the least expensive university or college,
usually a community college, Duplass said.
As proof, Duplass points to a drop in the number of
college-age students in Michigan and a seemingly
contradictory rise of community college enrollments.
Duplass said the number of 18-year-old Michigan
high school students probably will fall by about 16
percent over the next four years.
Officials at Eastern Michigan University agree
there is a definite shift taking place - cost is

Pecoming the primary consideration when choosing a
college.
THIS TREND is creating a domino effect. A
student who may have wanted to attend an expensive
private or out-of-state school is opting for a com-
parable in-state university. The student who would
have chosen the large in-state school is enrolling at a
smaller school or community college.
Cliff Sjogren, director of admissions here, said he.
feels the University has both gained and lost. As
a result of this trend, the number of in-state students
has increased this year, while out-of-state student
enrollment has dropped. "Eight to 10 percent of out-
of-state students pai the $100 deposit fee and decided
not to attend this fall," he said.
The availability of financial aid has an impact on a
student's college choice, Sjogren said, and "the merit
scholarships here at'Michigan are not as comprehen-
sive as other state institutions." Students are more
See COST, Page 5

Trials moved to jail'

after conv
By ANDREW MEAD
In the wake of the recent escape by
convicted murderer Kyle Johnson, pre-
trial hearings and motions for some
dangerous and escape-prone felons will
be held at the Huron Valley prison
rather than downtown Ann Arbor,
Washtenaw County Sheriff Tom Minick
said yesterday.
Minick was one of several law enfor-
cement, prison, and circuit court of-
ficials who attended a meeting to
discuss prisoner security yesterday at
the Washtenaw County Building.

icts escape
JOHNSON escaped from a prison van
outside the Washtenaw County Cour-
thouse after apparently removing his
chains with a wire pick. He led police on
a violent, 20-hour chase before being
captured in a Salem Township home.
The new plan will require that judges
and court officials travel the 20 minutes
to the prison, located in Pittsfield
Towjnship outside Ann Arbor, for all
proceedings.
NUMEROUS pre-trial hearings and
legal motions were once held at the
prison courtroom, but a small riot
See TRIALS, Page 2

TODAY-
Have leotards, will prance
GOOD NEWS for the First Family. Though the rest
of the nation may be struggling with high
unemployment, President Reagan's son is off the
unemployment line. The Joffrey Ballet is back in
rehearsal, so its dancers, including presidential offspring
Ronald Prescott Reagan, are back on salary. The company
ended a four-week, scheduled layoff Monday to begin

frey dancers are under contract for 36 weeks of work a
year, "and we all know that for a certain amount of timeI
we're laid off.f"
More burger wars;
THE LOCAL battle of the burgers is really heating up.
To broadcast what they feel is the inherent superiority
of their burger, the local Burger King announced last week
that it would offer a free Whopper for every Whopper pur-
chased from them last Saturday and Sunday. "By coin-
cidence," McDonald's was offering 25- cent hamburgers

Ain't capitalism great?
T WO BUSINESS students at Baylor University are
marketing a test kit they say will protect consumers
against poison and acid in pain-killers, mouthwash,
eyedrops and nasal sprays. Mark Bower and his roommate,
Chuck Watson, got the idea after seven people in the
Chicago area were killed by cyanide-laced capsules of Ex-
tra-Strength Tylenol, and other over-the-counter health
products were found contaminated elsewhere. Bower said a

The Daily almanac
O N THIS DATE in 1917, the Student Government
Council voted not to recognize the existence of the
Medic class of 1917 for not holding class elections. They
were banned from all campus activities until they "con-
form to the campus regulations."
Also on this date in history:
" 1913-Kodak film could be developed for 10 cents a roll,
advertised one State Street pharmacy.
" 1951-A survey conducted on campus discovered most
Michigan women do not like mustaches or "cookie dusters"

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